Our last day in Barcelona came WAY too fast. We woke up early and caught a cab to Park Guell. I definitely recommended this option if you don't have long to explore the city as it's on the top of the hill and the nearest subway station is still a 20-30 minute walk. We had pre-purchased tickets online and walked right in at 9:30am. Once we walked off the main path, we basically had the place to ourselves!
My favorite part was "the wave" walkway - the first time I ever saw this was back in one of the first seasons of America's Next Top Model, ha! I also loved that you could see the Sagrada Familia (our next stop) and the rest of Barcelona from the balcony up top. It was nice to wander in the crisp air, especially because we were still feeling some of the effects from the previous night's Tapas & Wine tour.
We were really enjoying the fresh air, so we actually ended up walking all the way to Sagrada Familia. It was such a nice, leisurely way to explore the city. It was already noon by the time we arrived, so we grabbed a quick lunch at McDonald's (very authentic cuisine, I know) and walked across the street for our 12:30 entrance ticket to Sagrada Familia.
I can't even express how beautiful this church was. The outside looks like a drippy sandcastle and gives a completely different impression than the inside. It was so open and the columns made it look like you were under a canopy of trees. The stained glass gave off the most stunning reflections - one second you were underwater, the next, you were looking at the sun. We found a spot and just enjoyed the church for a long time. This was Jason's favorite thing we did!
We took the subway back to our hotel (our 10 ride ticket coming in handy!) and went to the lounge for snacks and drinks. As the sun was setting that evening, we took a stroll along the Barceloneta beach - walking out to the pier and enjoying the energy. I can't wait to go back in the summer to see it during the peak season, but it was still bustling in November!
That evening, we had a wonderful tapas dinner at Acola, inside our hotel. Since part of our upgrade included $100 to spend at the hotel, we figured we'd have an amazing meal for not very much! The tapas were more modern than what we'd had before and we really enjoyed each and every one of them. My favorites were probably the beef tartare and the torta! We said goodbye to the lounge and then went to bed.
We absolutely fell in love with Barcelona, and as with all of our trips, wished we had more time to explore. We will definitely do our best to return to Barcelona ASAP!
The next morning, we BARELY made it back to Houston. We literally got the last two seats from Barcelona - Frankfurt and the only reason we got on from Frankfurt - Houston was because a plane was delayed and they were going to miss the connection. We got seats together, so definitely still a win in our books.
Thanks Southwest, KLM & Lufthansa!
As I promised, I am going to start listing out the deals we get when we travel due to airline discounts and credit card deals:
Airfare: $450 for both of us - thanks to Zed Medium Fares on Lufthansa/KLM and a $250 Airline Credit Refund from the Citi Prestige Card
Ritz Carlton Club Level Access (including upgraded room, 5 meal presentations/day, & champagne/cocktails) and $100 Credit: Free, thanks to 1 of our Club Level upgrades from Ritz Carlton Card
Lounge Access at IAH: Free thanks to Jason's Ritz Carlton's Priority Pass and Christy's Citi Prestige's Priority Pass